Our View: One factor may prevent Celtic receiving record fee for Edouard

By John Reid

February 8, 2020

Just how much money is Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard worth in the transfer market? That is a question that Celtic legend Chris Sutton asked in his Daily Record column.

Sutton believes that the Frenchman is worth £40 million.

“Assessing some of the transfer fees which are being banded about for average players, the rate of inflation and the premium which is added to the cost for top-class strikers, I genuinely believe £40m is a realistic sales figure” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard / (Photo by Silvia Lore/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Hopefully Celtic fans don’t find out for a while just how much Edouard is worth in the transfer marker. Should he leave in the summer though, it will be intriguing to see how much the club receive.

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Club legend predicting a Scottish record fee

Sutton is predicting a Scottish record fee, beating the £25 million the Hoops received for Kieran Tierney last year.

There is no doubt that Edouard is in a great run of form. He has scored 23 goals already this season, which is his highest total so far for Celtic.

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, there is one factor that may prevent the Hoops from receiving a record fee for Edouard. That is his lack of experience in the Champions League.

Played less than a half of group stage football

Edouard has only played 37 minutes of Champions League group stage football for the Hoops in his time at the club.

That may stop teams from paying a massive amount of money for the striker. It should be remembered that Moussa Dembele scored four goals for Celtic in the group stages, and Lyon signed the player for £19.8 million, as reported by the Daily Record.

Therefore, should Edouard leave the Hoops in the summer, Celtic might get less than the £25 million they received for Tierney.

What would be best for all concerned is if Edouard stays at Celtic for another season, helps the team reach the Champions League group stages next year, score a few goals, and then his value would skyrocket.

If that happens, that Edouard could be sold for the fee Sutton believes him to be worth.